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Piedmont Regional Feeding &   Student Involvement

 Oral-Motor Clinic (Danville/Martinsville)  Longwoood SBDC offers internships with scholarship potential for up to five Longwood University Business, English

     and Communications Majors each semester. Interns gain valuable experience conducting research, meeting with

 Amie Teague Boone was still in elementary school when she started   clients, preparing spreadsheets, and analyzing business plans.
 making plans to start her own business. “At the age of 10, I started   3
 writing to universities asking how to become a speech pathologist,”   P/T EMPLOYEES  “My internship at the Longwood SBDC has proven to be a great
 she says. After earning her Master of Arts in Communication   26  learning opportunity which will definitely serve me well
 Sciences & Disorders from UNC Greensboro, the Danville native   F/T EMPLOYEES  when competing in the workforce. It was rewarding to
 worked for five years as a clinician.   be able to contribute to the organization as well as

 In 2006 Boone decided to step out on her own in a specialized   to the individual clients. I also feel that I could
 field. “It was just me when I started the business,” she says of the   not have asked for a better team to work with
 Piedmont Regional Feeding Clinic. “We work with different things—  throughout this experience.” -Abby Hatley
 it might be a baby having trouble with swallowing, patients with
 autism who can’t stand textures in the mouth, or someone who’s
 had a stroke and can’t swallow.”
 her business weather the recession in 2008. “During that time,
 To get the right start for her business, Boone contacted Longwood   funding cut off just like that,” she says. “I was able to persevere
 SBDC consultant Diane Arnold. Boone credits SBDC with helping
 because SBDC gave me the resources and knowledge to keep      Intern Abby Hatley, a senior in the College of Business and Economics, meets with
 going—and I will always be grateful.”                         Executive Director Sheri McGuire and Business Analyst Gary Shanaberger.

 Another setback occurred three years ago when Boone’s husband   “Interning with the SBDC has given me the confidence to talk
 of 14 years developed leukemia and passed away. “My team of   with clients and ask questions to come up with ideas together.”
 employees kept the business going,” she says. “At that time I also   -Marisa Aktug
 realized our business was no longer following our original plan, so we   Intern Marisa Aktug, a senior in the
 started a vision implementation to get back on track.” A chart with   College of Business & Economics, works
 the company’s vision is now displayed on the conference room wall.   on a project in the Longwood SBDC office.

 Several years ago PRFC moved to a new location that allowed the
 business to expand. “We recruit from all over the country,” Boone
 “SBDC has been a big component in helping me get the   says. “We bring master’s and doctoral level people to this area.”
 resources and knowledge I need. I might not be here today   PRFC currently employs 26 full-time and three part-time employees.
 without them!”   “SBDC has been a big component in helping me get the   This year students in the dual enrollment business management course at Buckingham County High School visited
 - Amie Teague Boone  resources and knowledge I need,” Boone concludes. “I might not   Longwood SBDC to learn about starting a business and developing a business plan. Business analysts Kim Ray and Gary

 be here today without them!”  Shanaberger offered advice and encouragement as the students presented their semester-long business proposal projects.

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